Speaking of Abortion: Television and Authority in the Lives of Women (Morality and Society Series)

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Over four years, Andrea Press and Elizabeth Cole watched television with women, visiting city houses, suburban subdivisions, modern condominiums, and public housing projects. They found that television depicts abortion as a problem for the poor and the working classes, and that viewers invariably referred to and abided by class when discussing abortion. Speaking of Abortion is an invaluable resource that allows us to hear how ordinary women discuss one of America's most volatile issues.

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Andrea L. Press is a professor of communication and women's studies and directs the media studies program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Women Watching Television: Gender, Class, and Generation in the American Television Experience.

Elizabeth R. Cole is an associate professor in women's studies and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan.

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In this interesting look at the highly divisive issue of abortion, ethnographers Press and Cole studied the nuances of pro-life and pro-choice positions held by women. The authors conducted 34 discussion groups in women's homes that elicited a broad range of opinions on abortion and reactions to the way television treats the subject. The authors note that previous studies have examined the opinions of activists. This book looks at more ordinary women who hold varied opinions but don't necessarily act on them in any organized way. These women tend to be more ambivalent than activists, with opinions based on personal experiences. The authors examine how personal opinions and media treatment of abortion are influenced by religious beliefs, education, and social status, noting the frequent portrayal on television of lower-income rather than middle-class women seeking abortions. The authors also acknowledge their own positions as middle-class feminists, one black (Cole), the other Jewish (Press), yet present balanced views on the most controversial issue facing women. Vanessa Bush

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